if a machine can ascribe intent to the events and experiences befalling it, this raises the question of identity and what it means to be aware of oneself and others
Our motives for classifying animals may be more about guilt than curiosity.
The key to understanding why life is not explainable in current physics may be to reconsider our notions of time and information.
New research shows that post-coma patients who appear to be in a minimally conscious state can still mentally react to language. This finding could help improve their diagnosis and treatment.
Recent studies suggest that the mind of a bee is far more sophisticated than once believed.
Irony is linked to the ability to say one thing while thinking another – which means it’s also intrinsic to being human. What does new research into artificial intelligence and irony reveal?
Fluent expression is not always evidence of a mind at work, but the human brain is primed to believe so. A pair of cognitive linguistics experts explain why language is not a good test of sentience.
A Google engineer claims one of the company’s chatbots has become sentient. Experts disagree, but the debate raises old questions about the nature of consciousness.
Researchers used a test designed for babies to show that rhesus monkeys can sense their own heartbeats. The finding opens up important paths of research into consciousness and mental health issues.
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For each decision we make, we assign a certain level of confidence. How does the brain decide how much?
The mind is a powerful thing – it can generate both symptoms of illness and symptoms of healing. Here’s what this could tell us about consciousness.
Drugs which act through the brain chemical dopamine may one day help restore consciousness in people who have lost it.
New experiments could help scientists settle the longstanding debate about whether consciousness is generated by quantum activity.
When you lose focus or your mind goes blank, sections of your brain may be having a quick snooze.
Consciousness is sometimes referred to as ‘the ghost’ in the machinery of our brain. Is it time we gave up the ghost to focus on the machine?
Decades of research gives insight into how free our choices really are.
As the UK’s first clinic to offer psychedelic drugs for mental health disorders opens, a study reveals that informed users don’t have problems with self control.
The mystery of how the brain creates consciousness still puzzles scientists, but the mechanics of waking up are starting to be understood.
How we perceive what’s going on in the periphery can reveal a lot about our conscious minds.